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Duck calling championship at Kittles

By Chuck Giles
08/15/14 -- Northern California outdoorsmen are in for a world class treat at the California Duck Calling Championships on August 23, 24 at Colusa Memorial Park right across the street from the event’s sponsor, Kittle’s Outdoor and Sport.

The outdoor expo starts at 10:00 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. This popular event brings in some of the state’s best practitioners of this art, and make no mistake about it, duck calling is an art.

On Saturday at 10:00 a.m.it cracks off with a free duck calling workshop for youngsters 12 and younger held by three-time champion Butch Richenback

Promptly at 11:000 a.m. Butch switches gears and talks of tuning the call and the importance of keeping the call in its best working order. This teaches the novice caller the basis for the tuning and the maintenance involved to keep his or her call in perfect working order.

At 1:00 p.m., the junior callers get to strut their stuff in the Junior Duck Calling Championship.

The intermediate callers get their opportunity to blow their tunes starting at 2:15 in the lntermediate Duck Calling Championship.

A .22 rifle will be offered as a prize to the winner of the Junior and Intermediate Open Speck Championship which begins at 3:30. The winner of this competition wins a .22 rifle donated by FishDog Outdoors.

It is a full two day event and on Sunday morning, once again at 10:a.m., the “Open Speck Calling” starts punctually at ten. There will also be an additional $500 and a 17HMR rifle donated to the winner of this class also through courtesy of Fishdog Sports.

The actual California State Duck Calling Contest gets underway right at 11:00, with an additional $1,000 thrown in the mix.

Finally, on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m., the big boys come out to play. This is a two man calling contest with $500 added. Amateur and pro division run in the same class. A two man team qualifies as amateur if neither of the team has never won first place in a sanctioned, adult contest.

This truly is a major annual event attended by some of the best callers in California. Others come for the camaraderie which always seems to form for this type of event. Some show up to peruse the many sale items Kittle’s puts up for this affair. Whatever the reason, it is always a great time and showcases some of the best duck and goose calling talent in the state.

For more information, or to register for competition, contact Kittle’s Sporting and Outdoor Store at 530-822-6877. Both vendors and competitors should email Kristy at kristy@kittlesoutdoors.com. You need to hurry, there are deadlines for getting registered.

For those of you who have never visited their store, you are in for a treat. They stock virtually everything to do with the outdoors and take a liking to duck hunters with firearms, waders, decoys, etc. But this time, enjoy the competition, you will be amazed.



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